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April 15th in History

We live in a time where our days fly by like the speed of lightening and we rarely get the chance to appreciate what has happened each day in history.  We wanted to take this opportunity to allow a minute out of our busy and hectic day to get a glimpse as to what has happened in history over the past. Enjoy!

  • 1784- The first balloon was flown in Ireland
  • 1817- The first school for the deaf in the United States was open in Hartford, CT
  • 1865- President Lincoln died from being fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth
  • 1892 -The General Electric Company opened
  • 1912-The Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic, leaving 1,517 dead
  • 1923- Insulin became widely available for the general public dealing with diabetes


All Oxford University Press Books Online FREE during National Library Week

By Bryan Deziel

In celebration of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is offering free access to all of its online resources from April 13th-19th.  Founded in 1586, Oxford University Press is the largest academic publisher in the world.  OUP’s publications are widely respected and regarded as among the most scholarly and trustworthy reference sources.  Online resources available this week include these reference sources (including the Oxford English Dictionary) as well as scholarly editions of many essential texts in the humanities.  To explore the wide range of online resources provided by OUP, follow this link:


First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is observed annually, usually during the second week in April.  The week commemorates the important contributions of libraries and librarians and promotes the use of libraries and the pursuit of lifelong learning.  More information on this year’s National Library Week can be found here:


On This Day: President Lincoln was Fatally Shot

Almost 150 years ago today on April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate advocate, during a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Suspicions have been that John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Lincoln in response to the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the American Civil War at Appomattox Court House Virginia five days earlier.

This was not the first attempt however to demise President Lincoln.  The previous plan was to capture President Lincoln on March 20, 1865, to bring back to the Confederate army, while visiting the Boston areas however on the plotted kidnapping day President Lincoln was not present. In desperation to save the Confederacy, upon learning that President Lincoln was going to attend the “Our American Cousin” performance at Ford’s Theater, Booth formulated a plan to assassinate not only Lincoln but Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward in anticipation to send the U.S. government into chaos mode.

On April 14, the plan went into action and Secretary of State Seward was seriously wounded by Lewis Powell, however George Atzerodt was suppose to assassinate Vice President Johnson but when push came to shove he backed out of the plan and fled. In the meantime, Booth fatally shot President Lincoln in his theatre box with only a single bullet in the back of his head, and escaped Washington thereafter on horseback.

The following day at 7:22 a.m. President Lincoln was declared dead, making him the first United States President to be assassinated.

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Chicago’s 30th Latino Film Festival

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, annually celebrated since 1985. The Festival is sponsored by numerous national corporations, local Hispanic and Latino communities and was initially organized by the International Latino Cultural Center also referred to as ILCC. The prime focus of the Film Festival is to feature and promote Latin American filmmakers, elude from typical stereotypes of Hispanics and Latinos as well as feature the diversity found amongst the Latino community.

In light of promoting a non-competitive environment and to allow the feature of artistic and educational value of all films, the Chicago Latino Film Festival only allocates two awards, those being the Audience Choice Award and the Gloria Achievement Award. The 30th Chicago Latino Film Festival is in full swing having begun on Tuesday April 3rd and will continue until next Thursday, April 17th.

For more information on the Chicago Latino Film Festival click here.

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Disease affects more than one million North Americans and over 10 million people worldwide. The total number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease annually in the United States is currently 60,00 surpassing the number of people diagnosed with with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.

Unfortunately, a great number of people live with Parkinson’s disease untreated and undiagnosed for several years because symptoms mimic similar symptoms to typical aging.  Michal J. Fox, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, is a strong advocate for further research and spreading the word.

April has been commemorated as National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month and Rebecca Crown Library is doing their part at raising awareness by recognizing its commemorate month. To find out more information about Parkinson’s disease click here.

Countdown to Commencement!

That time of the year is rounding the corner where the hustle and bustle in the hallways begin to speed up, the immense late night homework and study sessions begin and every student has summer time on their mind. For some, the hustle and bustle consists of making finalization on their college careers and picking up their cap and gowns. But the countdown to Commencement has official begun!

On April 8th and April 9th between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. those graduating this May come to Lewis Lounge to:

  • Pick up your commencement tickets and your official cap, gown and tassel.
  • Sign up to participate in the Candle and Rose Ceremony.
  • Learn about the various benefits of the DU Alumnae/i Association.
  • Have your Portrait taken in your cap, gown and tassel.
  • Verify that there are no stops or holds on your graduation records.
  • Enter drawings to win extra tickets and reserved seating.
  • Order your official class ring and Grad announcements with Jostens.
  • Support the Annual Fund and Senior Class Gift.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email:



St. Catherine of Siena Celebration

Today Dominican University comes together to celebrate and honor the legacy of St. Catherine of Siena. Join the Dominican community at the Priory Chapel at 7:00 p.m. for evening prayer and continue to the lecture in the Priory Auditorium at 7:30 lead by M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, professor of theology at Boston College.

During tonights event everyone is invited to delve into St. Catherine of Siena’s gift to speak truth to power, especially in her ability to bring the papacy of George XI back to Rome. Although St. Catherine of Siena left us in 1380 at the age of 33 her legacy still holds strong and with great relevance to today’s society.

To read more on St. Catherine of Siena and all the ways she has influenced our society, visit her section at the Crown Library.




Sporting Goods Forever Available at Circulation Desk

Dominican University students, faculty, and faculty who consider themselves lifelong students, can now borrow a wide selection of sporting goods from Crown Library.  Whether you’re hitting the slopes or hitting off the first-tee, Crown library’s got you covered!

Stop by the circulation desk today, April 1st, and unabashedly demand to borrow our polo mallets–and don’t forget that if we don’t have them, other universities will certainly ship them through Illinois’ newly enacted Interlibrary loan for sporting and leisure goods initiative.  The program seeks to bridge the divide between libraries who share the cost of purchasing mallets for both polo and croquet.

Happy April 1st from Rebecca Crown Library.

Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Dr. Lisa Brock is associate professor of history and director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She is also the founder of The Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection held in the Columbia College Chicago Archives.

Brock was deeply involved in the anti-apartheid movement and lived in Mozambique, where she did research on her doctoral dissertation and worked with the ANC. Upon her return, she played a leadership role with the Chicago anti-apartheid movement.

She served as an observer in the Angola elections in 1992 and, since the early 1990s, has been researching and writing on African-American solidarity with South Africa and Cuban liberation struggles. She serves as a trustee on the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund for radical student activists.

Time: Thursday, March 27, 2:30 PM
Location: Fine Arts Building, Martin Recital Hall
Contact: Aly Drame,


New to the Collection: Virginia Woolf in Context

Virginia Woolf in Context by Bryony Randall and Jane Goldman is one of the new additions Rebecca Crown Library welcomed to their collection. This literature was composed about Virginia Woolf to honor her modernist writing techniques and the the ways in which her fiction elucidated modern and contemporary life.  With that said, a fundamental objective behind this literary work was to allow scholars the opportunity to delve into her various styles of writing.  Popular themes of her writing encapsulated topics associated to twentieth century pivotal issues ranging from cultural, political and historical controversies and struggles, such as war,race, gender and art. Virginia Woolf died on this day in 1941, she was 59 years old.


To check out this new addition please visit the NEW BOOK table on the first level of the Crown Library located behind the staircase or click here to check out more about Virginia Woolf.  

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